“Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic said he missed (last) Saturday night’s pantsing at the hands of the mostly brutal Carolina Hurricanes because of ‘a cold,’ ” writes Ray Ratto of CSNbayarea.com. “Sunday he was placed on injured reserve. In other words,...

Things are smokin’ in Kamloops … Hebig getting geared up … Ex-WHLer cookin’ in modelling world

#Kamloops #AirQuality now rated a 49 on the health index. 49! pic.twitter.com/ahBl5PNo5o — shane woodford (@WoodfordCHNL) August 3, 2017 How were things in Kamloops on Thursday? Well, one of the air quality rating systems works on a 1-10 basis, with 10 being...

With the Toronto Blue Jays having traded away third baseman Brett Lawrie, who is going to replace him as the team’s star in those TV commercials? . . . The Blues Jays now can start with Jose Reyes, Russell Martin,...

Unifor continuing drive to unionize major juniors

F Tyler Mosienko (Kelowna, 2000-05) signed a one-year contract with the Sheffield Steelers (England, UK Elite). Last season, with Esbjerg (Denmark, Metal Ligaen), he had 43 points, including 16 goals, in 31 games. He also played 25 games...

Sentencing date set for Blazers’ owner . . . Brandon, Lethbridge settle on goaltenders

Tom Gaglardi, the majority owner of the Kamloops Blazers, will be in a Kamloops courtroom on Oct. 10 to be sentenced after being found guilty in August of two environmental-related charges. Tim Petruk of Kamloops This Week reports that “the maximum penalties...

Wheat Kings poised to deal . . . Grant backstops Cougars to win . . . Pats end skid

With apologies to Blackie Sherrod, we're scattershooting on a Sunday night . . . 1. The Medicine Hat Tigers are one OT loss from being tied for the WHL's best record, and who saw that coming? The Tigers are 11-1-1, while the Kelowna...

WHL feeling secure with Lacasse . . . Brain injury ends another career

D Jim Vandermeer (Red Deer, 1997-2001) has signed two-year extension with Kloten (Switzerland, NL A). Last season, he had two goals and 10 assists in 49 games. . . . F Milan Kytnár (Kelowna, Saskatoon, Vancouver, 2007-10) has...

Kryski a good fit with Rockets . . . Silvertips waive veteran . . . Winterhawks, Broncos win again

It was only an exhibition game but, still, it was the first four-point game of F Jake Kryski’s WHL career.The 18-year-old Vancouver native had two goals and two assists on Saturday night, helping the visiting Kelowna Rockets to a 6-3 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. One night earlier, he set up the JAKE KRYSKIgame’s only goal as the host Rockets beat the Blazers, 1-0.Kryski is preparing for his third WHL season, the first two of which were with the Blazers, who traded him to the Rockets on Aug. 18 in a deal that had the Gatenby brothers, Joe and Danny, both defencemen, come to Kamloops.While Kryski spent most of his time with the Blazers patrolling left wing, the Rockets’ coaching staff has him playing centre, at least for now.“We’re trying stuff,” said Kryski, noting that he last played centre with the Burnaby Winter Club bantam AAA side in 2012-13. “We’ll see how it goes. I’ll play wherever I’m needed.”Of the difference between playing centre or on the wing, Kryski said: “There is ..

Scattershooting, on a slow day … Hurricanes deal for d-man … Broncos win in Regina

Scott Ostler, in the San Francisco Chronicle: “Sales are sluggish for tickets to the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February. Factors include high prices, a sagging world economy, and a reluctance to buy front-row seats for a nuclear holocaust.” We are...

Conference finals all tied up … Series resume Friday … Kelowna d-man gets NHL deal

Looking for a good read today? Check out this piece right here by Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, who takes a look back at the Blue Jays’ crazy Tuesday night victory and ahead to today’s doubleheader.——A number of major junior players have signed...

Sutter: ‘There were some issues’ . . . High praise for Chiefs’ prospect . . . Warriors to fund improvements

Brent Sutter, the owner, general manager and head coach of the Red Deer Rebels, is looking forward to a new season with some new faces on his roster. The Rebels were the host team for the 2016 Memorial Cup and it seems that the ship wasn’t always sailing on calm seas. “Obviously it was a Memorial Cup year and we had some good players on our team, but they were older players,” Sutter told Rebels writer Greg Meachem. “There certainly were some issues with some of our older players . . . trying to get them to stay on page, to get them to play at the level we needed them to be at every night and trying to get them to be team players.“The kids who are coming back, they certainly saw that. They saw what the guys who are moving on to pro hockey with signed contracts . . . what they were like. Hopefully, the returning guys learned from that. Hopefully, they can be better players for it and lead these younger guys and show them how things have to be done.“I’m certainly hoping from a management ..

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